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2006 Travel Fees Changes

For dates of service on or after September 1, 2005, the fee for clinical laboratory travel code P9603 is $0.935 per mile and for code P9604 is $9.35 per flat rate trip basis. The clinical laboratory travel codes are billable only for traveling to perform a specimen collection for either a nursing home or homebound patient.

The standard mileage rate for transportation costs was increased by the Federal Government’s Treasury Department to 48.5 cents a mile effective September 1, 2005 and this increase is incorporated into the fees for travel codes P9603 and P9604.

Effective January 01, 2006, the Federal Government‘s Treasury Department will decrease the standard mileage rate for transportation costs from 48.5 cents a mile to 44.5 cents a mile. The reimbursement rates for P9603 and P9604 are expected to decrease to $0.895 per mile and $8.95 per flat rate trip basis respectively.


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